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Times Gone By

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quimby Depot - Here is a look at the Quimby Depot, along the Illinois Central Railroad line. According to the information on the back of this photograph, this picture was taken in 1918, and the depot was razed sometime in the 1940's and another depot was built.
100 years ago

E. Turner, for twenty years a leading merchant of Marcus, on Tuesday sold his stock of goods and good will of the business to Mich & Cass, who for five years have conducted a general store in the same block in which the Turner block is located.

Invoicing began at once and will probably be completed some time today. Then the new firm will at once take possession.

Mr. Turner came to Marcus from Des Moines and first conducted a store in a frame building which stood on the lot on which today stands the new brick structure occupied by Jenks & Grauer. He was in this location about a year when he moved his stock across the street into the building now occupied by L. B. Nelson, furniture dealer, remaining there about eleven years.

Then he moved to the present location. The Turner block was erected in 1906. Mr. Turner was a successful merchant. The fact that he continued in business so long in the same town tells in itself that his business was conducted under good management and that he was fair with his patrons.

It will be good news to Mr. Turner's many friends to learn that he has no intention of moving from Marcus. He has lived here so long he feels an interest in the town and its people that he can cultivate at his age, for no other.

He plans to take a rest this summer and will go on a trip to the Pacific coast. Mich & Cass will conduct both stores for the present and later consolidate them.

To Our Readers :

For some time the editor of the Times has endeavored to accommodate his patrons by delivering the Times to the homes of its readers, as there has been a considerable demand for this.

Up to the present time we have been more or less successful, in some parts of town very successful and in other parts somewhat the other way. If you have not been getting your copy it is not because we have not earnestly tried to get it to you. In some instances the carriers have been confused by similarity of names but most of these are now straightened out and the boys are now familiar with the route which has been assigned to them.

Since the boys now know their routes quite well and part are doing so well it looks as though there was some carelessness on the part of those who are missing their customers and as soon as we find there is no change of eliminating this we will endeavor to find a boy who will do the work more satisfactorily.

In order to avoid accidents, such as the copy being blown away, the boys are instructed to place the papers in the mail boxes or other place suggested by the patron. So that each may know when the paper is delivered the boys will be provided with whistles similar to those used by the government mail carrier and by getting the paper when it is brought there is no danger of the wind blowing it away.

We will consider it a favor if subscribers will notify the office the afternoon of press days if their paper is not delivered and we will see that you receive one in a short time.

75 years ago

The Union Construction company's paving crew completed paving of Primary No. 5 into Cleghorn from a point two miles west of that town at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, connecting with paving already laid west of Cleghorn to the Plymouth county line. Equipment was moved immediately to Meriden, which will be the supply point for the remainder of the project.

The mixing machine and other paving equipment was brought to the north city limits of Cherokee, where work will start on the remaining mileage. Setting of the steel forms and other preparation started Thursday morning and actual pouring of concrete should be under way Thursday afternoon or Friday morning at the end of North Second street.

Ten miles remain to be paved from that point to a connection with paving previously laid west of the I.C. overhead west of Meriden. This will require approximately seven weeks without interruption by unfavorable weather conditions.

McLoughlin & Sons contractors for the paving on U.S. No. 59 from the O'Brien county line to Cherokee, have moved their outfit into Larrabee and expect to start paving operations early next week. Steel reinforcement of the paving was unloaded this week at Larrabee, which will be the supply center for the project.

This contract should be completed sometime during August if weather conditions are favorable.

Early letting is now forecast for paving on primary No. 5 between Cherokee and Aurelia and Alta and Storm Lake.

The state highway commission awarded a contract Wednesday to Booth & Olson of Sioux City for paving 9.414 miles on primary No. 33 out of Sheldon northeast into Ashton. The price was $240,033.

50 years ago

Dr. J. B. Blair announced today that construction is well underway on his new, all modern clinic building located in the middle of the new medical center on West Bluff.

Work is expected to be finished by early fall, according to Dr. Blair.

The spacious, one-story beige brick structure will be soundproof and face to the southwest.

The handsome building will boast the latest in conveniences.

There'll be 1,700 square feet of available floor space within the confines of the structure.

This means it will have more than enough room to care for a large number of patients.

Completely Equipped

Included in the plans are a large waiting room, nurses lounge and four multi-purpose, completely-equipped examination rooms.

There will be central air conditioning. And the clinic building will also have a specially-filtered air system. Purpose of the filtered air system is to eliminate any germs or bacteria carrying contagious properties.

The filter system filters all air and is recommended by the American Medical Association.

Attractive planters will form a decorative base near the handsome windows at the front of the building.

Grundman-Hicks Construction Company crews have been working for about two weeks at the new location.

Architects for Dr. Blair's clinic building are Architects Associates, Sioux City.

Donald DeWitt, Washta, has been elected commissioner of Cherokee County Soil Conservation district for a six-year term.

A total of six votes were cast in the election which was held June 14, all of for DeWitt.

The man replaces J. F. (Ford) Ralston of Washta who served as commissioner for 12 years.

DeWitt has worked in cooperation with the Cherokee district since 1951. The man has an extensive conservation program on his farm which includes terraces, contouring, waterways and soil conservation rotation.

In 1961 he was one of three county winners in the soil conservation contest sponsored by the Sioux City newspaper and Chamber of Commerce.

Other commissioners currently serving are Arthur Dorr, Marcus and Vere Corrington, Cherokee, who also serves as chairman.

Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month. A new chairman will be selected at the next meeting.

Grassed waterways are no cure-all for erosion ills. But they do prevent much gully-erosion so they are a step in the right direction, Harvey Lindberg, SCS technician says.

He says that when natural waterways are cultivated, they quickly develop into gullies. "Plowing in" these gullies just to permit crossing with farm equipment without seeding may be actually worse than doing nothing.

He points out that lose top soil thrown into the gully washes away much faster than the subsoil into which the gullies have already cut.

Instead, the "plowed in" gully should be shaped so that the finished product is a wide, almost flat bottomed watercourse, Lindberg explains.

After shaping, fertilize or manure the area before seeding perennial sod-forming grasses. A nurse crop, or preferably a mulch should be used to protect the new seeding.

Contouring, strip cropping or terraces should be used to check the more serious sheet erosion on rolling fields.

This spring, local contractors have shaped waterways on the following Cherokee County farms: Ferris Bennett, Chris Anderson, Dale Sleezer, Phillip Anderson, Leo Alquist, Wilbert Otto, Paul Lux and James Roulstone.

25 years ago

For the second time in three years, the Washington High School Band brought home the big one from the Red River Exhibition International Band Festival.

The concert was this past weekend at Winnipeg, Canada.

Quimby School - In modern times, it is hard for many to imagine that most small towns in Iowa had their own school. In fact, for many generations these small school prospered throughout the state. Pictured is the Quimby School, which many current county residents attended and of which they have fond memories.
After earning first place honors in the field and concert competitions at the festival, the WHS band was named winner of the festival's Grand Championship Sweepstakes award.

In 1985, the band won the Grand Championship Sweepstakes, and came in first in field and parade competitions, and second in concert competition.

"This is the second time in three years the band has won the sweepstakes. That's quite an accomplishment for any school," said Tom Kruse, WHS band director.

The weekend at the festival was filled with a variety of honors for the band.

"We were going for it, but the competition was tough, especially in the classes above us," Kruse said.

On Friday, the WHS band took first place in the Class 2A concert competition.

Saturday, the band won first place in the Class 2A marching competition. The points earned in the concert and marching competition clinched the Grand Championship Sweepstakes for the WHS band.

The band performed Saturday evening in a mass band, which featured the first place bands in the three classes of competition. The WHS band's percussion section was featured in the mass band.

On Sunday, the band won first place in Class 2A parade competition.

WHS drum majors Rob Herrick and Stephanie Point were named outstanding drum majors at the competition. They each received a plaque for their efforts.

The festival featured 15 bands in three classes of competition. The bands were from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Four buses loaded with 142 band members, chaperones, four trophies, and three festival banners arrived back in Cherokee early Monday morning. They were greeted by excited parents and friends.

"We appreciated that a lot," Kruse said.

Kruse said the trip was a smooth one, and the Cherokee students received several compliments while at the festival.

"The kids were super on this trip. We had many fine compliments," he said.

The WHS band has been going to the festival every other year since 1977. Money for the trip is raised through the band's annual soup supper, concession stand sales and fruit, cheese and sausage sales.

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